Nursing Careers and Job Outlook
Preferred for entry-level jobs, a BSN offers greater job security and potential for career advancement. Magnet hospitals expect nurses to earn a BSN within a designated timeframe and may even assist with tuition. A Bachelor of Science degree offers you more career mobility, positions you for leadership and management opportunities, and can serve as a foundation for pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
The outlook for nursing careers is excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” This is due to the aging population, an increase in the number of individuals who have access to health care, and growth in outpatient, long-term, and home health care¹.
As nursing care becomes more complex, a bachelor’s degree can help you meet the challenges you will face, help you ensure better patient care, and give you an edge in the job marketplace. Find out more about Gannon University’s online RN to BSN program by calling 877-497-5854 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information.
¹Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 9/5/2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-6